Wilderness first aid
Thank you for choosing Coast Wilderness Medical for your wilderness first aid training! Our Red Cross-certified course, which includes CPR-C, will introduce you to the fundamental concepts you need to manage injuries and medical emergencies in remote environments using minimal gear. Furthermore, with Coast Wilderness Medical Training, extensive scenarios and hands-on practice guarantee the best skill retention - when you need these skills, you will have them!
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What to Expect
This course takes place almost entirely outside, rain or shine. Tarp shelters will be set up if necessary, but you will spend time unsheltered - dress appropriately!
There is a physical element to this course- team lifting, walking, carrying light to medium loads and working in awkward positions. If illness, injury, or disability might make these tasks difficult for you, please contact us before the course, or speak to your instructor about alternative roles or learning methods. Our main concern is preventing injury.
The outdoor classroom is not particularly remote, but accessibility is limited. If you have any medical conditions, please inform your instructor at the beginning of the course, and discuss a treatment plan in case of an emergency.
Practice scenarios are designed to be realistic, and can be intense. If you have any reason to expect they might cause distress, please talk to your instructor about potentially sensitive subject matter, and – of course – step out anytime you feel uncomfortable.
Online Hypothermia Pre-Study
This course does not require any prerequisite certification or training. However, in an effort to maximize the value of our short two and a half days together, you are asked to complete an online pre-study on hypothermia awareness & management before your course begins.
The course takes about 3 hours to complete, but the videos aren’t always the most reliable, so give yourself plenty of time. Once you begin the course, you can come and go as you please. Find it at bicorescue.com.
Prepare as if For a Light Day Hike
Water, meals & high energy snacks for the day.
Proper clothing for the worst the season might offer, including closed-toe footwear.
Sleeping Pad or Thermarest.
Camp Chair (optional but recommended).
Any personal medications you might need.
Any other gear you would normally bring with you in your favourite outdoor activities.
Optional / Recommended Gear
Material for Splinting (Ski poles, hiking poles, ice axes, etc...)
Old clothes that can be destroyed in scenarios.
The premise is to use whatever gear you have on hand to solve an emergency. We will provide Wilderness First Aid Kits
Schedules and Locations
All courses begin with a 4 hour Friday evening classroom session, from 5 PM to 9 PM, during which we will introduce the concepts of Wilderness First aid, and cover airway, breathing and circulation emergencies.
From there, we will head outside for two full days (9 AM to 5 PM) of training and hands-on scenarios. Wear your worst - its going to be messy!
Squamish course locations have yet to be determined - your instructor, Dr. Iona Liddicoat, is busily scouting areas to find the most suitable.
Vancouver courses are held in Pacific Spirit Park, near Camosun St. and 19th Ave. There is plenty of free street parking, and the area is well served by public transit. The Friday night classroom session will be held at Brainboost Education, 240-3355 West Broadway.
Day 1 (4 Hours, In-Class)
Introduction to Wilderness First Aid
Patient Assessment Model
CPR-C with AED
Bleeding and Shock
Day 2 (8 Hours, Outside)
Primary Survey Emergencies
—- Lunch —-
Secondary Assessments and SOAP Notes
Managing Spinal Injuries
Lifts, Carries & Stretchers
Day 3 (8 Hours, Outside)
Strains, Sprains, & Fractures
—- Lunch —-
Written Knowledge Evaluation